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Update on the release of the UC investigation findings into the delay in discovering the death of a student at Sonoda Village

We have received an updated statement from the Former High Court Judge Hon Kit Toogood QC, who is leading the independent investigation into the delay in discovering the death of a student at Sonoda Village residential hall.

As previously indicated, I had hoped to release my report by the end of this month. This investigation continues to be a very complex matter and, quite rightly, the coronial inquest process takes precedence. As soon as I am able, I will provide an update on when I expect to deliver the report.” Hon Kit Toogood QC

Latest ISB survey results released today

International students studying at UC participated in the latest International Student Barometer (ISB) survey, held between April and June this year. The results have been released today.

The ISB is a benchmarking tool that tracks decision-making, expectations, perceptions and satisfaction levels of international students. International students from 212 universities in 20 countries participated in the survey.

Results from the ISB survey will help UC to enhance the international student experience, improve communications, and inform recruitment and retention strategies.

International students from across all five colleges and at all levels of study participated in the survey – the response rate at UC was 32%. View the video below to see an overview of the results for UC.

Diversity Fest 2019 starts Monday


Diversity Fest (9 September – 11 October) is an opportunity for staff and students to celebrate UC’s diverse community, while exploring how we can further make this a place where we feel we all belong.

There’s a range of events and activities you can get involved in over the next five weeks – see Diversity Fest events here>

Diversity Fest kicks off next week with Te Wiki o te Reo Māori | Māori Language Week – find out more here.

On Wednesday 11 September check out the International Fashion Showcase, hosted by the University of Canterbury Global Society and UCSA. There’ll be traditional and modern cultural pieces on the runway as well as cultural performances, music, dance and art. Find out more and get your tickets here

He waka eke noa. A canoe on which everyone may embark. 

UC Wellbeing Strategy review – update

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the UC Wellbeing Strategy review by completing the recent survey.

Staff input is a vital part of the review process. Your feedback will help us understand which wellbeing services and support currently offered at UC are working well, and where there are new opportunities and room for improvement.    

Keep an eye out on Intercom | Pā mai tō reo over the coming weeks for an overview of results from the survey.

Flu vaccine stocks update

Already this season, distribution of the influenza vaccine has reached near record levels in Aotearoa New Zealand, which has led to low stock levels. As a result, the Ministry of Health is asking all general practices to prioritise the vaccination of those at the greatest risk of influenza.

Priority groups include:

  • pregnant women
  • children aged 4 and under with serious respiratory illness
  • people with severe asthma, heart disease, diabetes and other serious health conditions that make them susceptible to influenza
  • those aged 65 and over.

The UC Health Centre should have enough influenza vaccines to cover people who would consider themselves to be in one of the above groups.  

Ways to help minimise the spread of influenza

  • Always cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing
  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Don’t share drinks
  • Stay at home if unwell.